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What HBCUs don't require SAT or ACT scores?

Hey folks, test-taking isn't really my forte and I'm pretty stressed about the SAT/ACT. Do you guys know of any HBCUs that have gone test-optional or don't require these scores at all? I'm hoping to find a supportive college environment that focuses on aspects of my application beyond standardized test scores.

7 months ago

I completely understand the pressure that standardized tests can bring, and I'm glad you're looking for institutions that align with your strengths. Many HBCUs have indeed moved towards a test-optional policy, especially in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has impacted so many students’ ability to take these exams.

It's always best to check the most current admissions information directly from each college's website, as policies can frequently change. However, some HBCUs known for their test-optional admissions include Howard University, Spelman College, and Morehouse College.

Keep in mind that these schools will place a greater emphasis on your high school GPA, letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities, and personal statements. Showcasing your passions and achievements outside of test scores can really make your application shine.

If you're involved in any Tier 2 or Tier 3 extracurricular activities, like being a student government officer or captain of a sports team, be sure to highlight these in your applications, as they’ll demonstrate leadership and commitment. For more on the 4 Tiers of Extracurricular Activities, check out this CollegeVine article: https://blog.collegevine.com/breaking-down-the-4-tiers-of-extracurricular-activities/

And don't overlook the importance of a compelling essay to share your unique story and perspective. Best of luck in your college search—remember that your value as a student goes well beyond a test score.

7 months ago

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